The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago, Tr Giovanni Pontiero, Harvill, pounds 8.99. Spiritual odyssey of a remarkable doctor-poet on the streets of Lisbon. Winner of the 1993 pounds 10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
The Ern Malley Affair by Michael Heyward, Faber, pounds 15.99. Intriguing account of a dazzling literary hoax. Review by Robert Winder, 13 August.
Cruel and Unusual by Patricia D Cornwell, Little, Brown, pounds 14.99. Tense and bloodstained thriller from the mortician's slab. Interview by Amanda Craig, 10 July.
The Wine Dark Sea by Patrick O'Brien, HarperCollins, pounds 12.95. Enthralling continuation of the novel-sequence about 18th- century seafarers. Interview by Peter Guttridge, 3 July.